'Aladdin' Fans Almost Couldn't Handle Will Smith's Reveal As Genie

Andrew Roberts
20 Dec 2018

We now have a first look at Will Smith as The Genie from Disney's live-action Aladdin, and fans have a lot to get used to. Gone is the blue look from the classic film, replaced by a more realistic version with a blue outfit and very Will Smith look -- though Smith claimed this is only a taste of a disguise.

Will And Robin

The good thing here -- We won't have to worry about Smith trying to do a Robin Williams impression on the big screen. He's not hairy enough, probably, and it would've overshadowed the film. Instead, we'll get Will Smith's version of the classic character. From Entertainment Weekly:

“The question is always: Where was there meat left on the bone? Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character.”

But if Williams “infused the character with a timeless version of himself,” Smith says, then the 50-year-old actor was going to do the same. “I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different,” he says. “Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete.”

The Other Stars

We also got a look at Naomi Scott's Jasmine and Mena Massoud's Aladdin, but most eyes were on Genie. They had to know it would end up that way and they had to know the reactions would be...energetic.

Most were a bit shocked that Genie wasn't blue -- which indicates that people would be upset no matter what here.

Is That Sinbad?


Others brought up the crazy meme about Sinbad starring in a mysterious genie movie, noting that we were likely thinking of the future and about Will Smith, not the Houseguest star.

It Is A Disguise!

Will Smith / Instagram / Matthew Cherry / Twitter

According to a comment by Will Smith, what we're seeing on the Entertainment Weekly cover is not the full form of the character in the film. Most of his scenes will be CGI and he's definitely going to be blue.

So maybe people are jumping the gun?

Have Faith

Giphy | Disney

While some fans were a bit worried about what we were about to see, others were prepared to trust in Will Smith's take -- claiming he hadn't led them astray yet.

Others were just ready to overreact to a magazine cover and still image. The film could definitely be bad, sure, but it is a little wild to damn it immediately.

Dash Of Hip Hop

It'll be interesting to see where Smith takes the character. He told EW that he'll bring some hip-hop flavor to the role and to Disney history, so that should be a welcome sight. The film will hit theaters in May 2019.

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